Fragile: Handle with Care

5 Packaging Tips for Moving Antiques and Fragile Items

Moving is both exciting and extremely strenuous. Typically, you are excited about entering the next stage of your life in your new home. However, packing can be the stuff of which nightmares are made. Moreover, it can be nerve racking packing your antiques and fragile items, worrying that you are not protecting them from the potential accident that may occur during any move, such as dropping the box. While South Jersey movers may not be able to relieve all of the anxieties associated with packing and moving, we can provide five simple tips for packing your antiques and fragile items.

1. Not all fragile or antique items are packaged the same

Dishes, glassware, photo frames, and antiques, as well as any other fragile items do not all require the same tools for packaging. Some require newspaper and specialty boxes, while others may require towels. Still others require bubble wrap. Research each type of item you have and determine the best possible way in which to pack the item for maximum protection.

2. Take Your Time

When packaging your clothing or children’s toys, it is not detrimental to save that until the last minute. However, fragile items and antiques require time for proper packaging. Make sure you begin the packaging process as early as possible so you do not rush through the process, leading to mistakes that can cause damage.

3. Look Beyond the Cardboard Box

Cardboard boxes are great packaging tools for many items, including some fragile items. Your dishes, if wrapped properly, can be moved without incident in a cardboard box. However, antiques and truly valuable fragile items may require more care. Look into wooden crates and specialty crates to help provide an extra level of protection when moving valuables and antiques.

4. Label Your Boxes

It is essential to label your boxes to help your movers, or the friends and family helping you move, know to be extremely careful with your fragile and antique items. Labeling a box “fragile” and “this end up” will help protect how the items are transported. As a result, your fragile and antique items are more likely to arrive at your new home intact.

5. Do Not be Afraid of the Professionals

Sometimes, the best way to package your antiques and fragile items is to leave it to the professionals. Hiring professional movers to help with the packaging process, as well as the moving process, can add an extra layer of protection to your valuables that is unmatched by any other method. You only move once every few years, if that often. However, professional movers make a living packing and moving people from place to place. Therefore, they bring a wealth of knowledge to your job that will help protect your valuables.

In the end, the best way to make sure your antiques and valuables arrive at your new home in one piece is to be prepared. Take the time to research the best way to package each item. Make sure you have all the necessary packaging products on hand before beginning your packaging job. And, when all else fails, hire the professionals to do the packing. If you are in need of moving professional who are able to help you in all aspects of your moving project, contact the experts at Sinclair Moving at (856) 753-7400.

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